By Jeremy Fowler, CBS Sports:
Alabama approached Nick Saban’s camp before the Auburn game last month, interested in reworking his contract, a well-placed University of Alabama official with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com. The approach was not in response to speculation about Saban’s rumored interest in the Texas job, speculation that was re-ignited amid Tuesday’s reports suggesting the end is near for Mack Brown in Austin. According to the source, Alabama is prepared to keep Saban as the country’s highest-paid coach.
By Tyler Moorehead, collegespun.com:
While rumors swirl over Nick Saban’s coaching status — will he stay at Alabama or bolt for Texas? — the current coach of the Crimson Tide has made plans for another job, at least for one day. Saban will be working for ESPN to help analyze the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena on January 6th, per Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
By Andrew Gribble, al.com:
Alabama’s matchup with Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl will be the last time McCarron throws a pass for the Crimson Tide. “Everybody was worried when Greg (McElroy) was leaving,” McCarron said. “I heard people say Alabama was going to fall off. I’m sure one of these guys will step up and do an unbelievable job and make a lot of Alabama fans proud and the rest of our coaching staff proud.” There’s no shortage of options, but the only returning quarterback with much of any experience is Blake Sims, who will be a senior in 2014.
By MARQ BURNETT, ledger-enquirer.com:
Over the summer, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had some interesting comments about the strength of the Southeastern Conference. Stoops questioned the overall dominance of the SEC during a booster club event. Stoops brought up the “bottom six” of the league and how much they have added to the conference’s overall success and reputation. Stoops’ Sooners (10-2) earned a date with Alabama (11-1) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.
By Brianne Britzius, wsfa.com:
Bill Battle, the University of Alabama Athletics Director, is keeping mum on Nick Saban’s contract extension. Several sports writers have tweeted about the AD’s response to what is likely a constant question: what’s going on with Saban? Ralph D. Russo, an Associated Press sports reporter, tweeted this: “Alabama AD when asked about Saban contract extension: “we’re focused on recruiting and playing Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.” No follow-ups.”
By John Taylor, NBC News:
A health issue shouldn’t keep Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from ending his turbulent 2013 season on a high note, Nick Saban said Sunday. Shortly after the loss to Auburn in the regular-season finale, the Alabama defensive back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair an injured meniscus in his knee. The surgery and subsequent rehab could keep the junior off the practice field initially, but should have no impact on his availability for the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma Jan. 2.
The BCS Bowl games were announced Sunday night, which included the Sugar Bowl inviting the Oklahoma Sooners (10-2) to face back-to-back defending national champions Alabama next month. The Sugar Bowl opted to pick the Sooners over the higher ranked Oregon (10-2) squad, who was a favorite to play in the national title game just a month ago. After a record-low attendance in last year’s Sugar Bowl between Florida and Louisville, bowl reps wanted a game between traditional powers that will travel well, all due to greed. The quality of the game is of no importance to them. Football purists might love the match-up but these are not your daddy’s Oklahoma teams of the past.
By Kevin Scarbinsky, al.com:
Nick Saban makes about the same amount of money to coach college football at Alabama as Mack Brown does at Texas. There was a time when Brown might’ve been considered one of the better coaches in the business, but that time has passed. Saban is still the standard, even after his anticipated trip to Pasadena got re-routed to New Orleans because of one wrong turn in Auburn. Brown appeared during the day Tuesday to be fighting to extend his tenure at Texas, even though the smart money says it’s a losing fight.
By Hannah Stephens, isportsweb.com:
After the game last Saturday, death threats began filling several of the players’ twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds, as well as their family members’ as well. Most of the fans supported Cade Foster and Adam Griffith, 2 of the field goal kickers that many say are to blame for the loss. While some “fans” sent death threats, the rest sent encouragement. When you think about it, does any of this really surprise you? Can you really be shocked that fans would react in this way after winning back to back national championships?